South Africa diaries: land & sea

From helicopter tours to shark cage diving… We’ve done it all… Here’s my diary of two days spent in Cape Town, one on the land, one in the sea. Unfortunately for me, that last one didn’t really end well (read: seasick). Anyway, we saw the whole coastline when we travelled around with Richard, our guide/hotel driver. He told us several things about animals, places in South Africa and so on. Baboons for example, are very very dangerous. If we’d meet one along the way, we had to be careful. We did meet that one from the picture, but luckily not up close.

In between Richard’s fun facts and driving from one point to another, we had the time to visit a seal island in Hout Bay. Cutiespies, I tell ya! What else? Oh yeah, the jackass penguins! They were the last stop before heading back to the hotel. Funny little fellas ;-) Oh and we went up to Cape Point and down to Cape of Good Hope, so proud I can say I’ve been there. It’s nothing special really, besides the magnificent nature around you… Ah, South Africa, I do miss you!

Third day, shark day. I was afraid at first, but since my breakfast was having the urge to … well you know, I couldn’t be more happy to jump in that ice cold water. Now I know how Jack died in Titanic… Nah, just kidding, it was okay :D No sharks to be found in the water while we were in it, sadly… I saw them when I was on the boat, struggling to keep my balance. Quite surreal to see a shark, that’s one thing I can say…

And how are you doing? Planning a trip to the sun? Don’t shop for bikinis or sunglasses just yet, because I have a surprise!

Couleur Café, I love you

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couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

couleur café 2012, tour&taxis, jessie j, nas, magic system, ps4 de la rime, dance club, food, colors, music, festival, brussels, soprano

Crazy busy times ask for late posts but I’m sure that if it involves some colorful pictures of an amazing day in my partly beloved city – Brussels – with live acts from Psy4 de la Rime to Jessie freakin’ J!!!, you don’t really mind all this lateness. Honestly, this festival couldn’t come at any better time. I’d just returned from oh so sunny and hot Barcelona and I was bummed, bummed I tell ya… Luckily, I brought a little bit of sun with me and enjoyed a wonderful day in Tour & Taxis with my friends. I was so focused on seeing Jessie J perform live that I totally forgot to look at some other names. So hearing the familiar voice of rapper Soprano was kind of a surprise for me. Together with his buddies they performed their awesome Psy4 de la Rime tracks, with an occasional Niggas in Paris here and there. Afterwards Nas was up. I was convinced I knew this dude. Stuck between way too tall people, I caught myself not knowing his songs, not any single one of them. I didn’t really mind, because my tummy was calling for some food… A few calamares, feta pieces and olives richer, we hurried back to the Titan stage, where – believe me when I say this – all the MAGIC happened. Yes, the beats of Magic System made even my non-franko friend dance :D Yes, you Jilx! But it wasn’t over yet… We still had the pleasure to enjoy every single hit by Jessie J!!! I yelled, I screamed, I sung my longs out… I was soooo happy! Especially when all of a sudden, she started to sing Climax, which apparently… SHE WROTE! Gosh dude, you’re beyond awesome!

I actually got the opportunity to go to Couleur because of s.Oliver but I feel kind of bad, because I wanted to wear this cute white dress they had sent me, but turns out it was a bit too long for my taste… I hope my super mom can fix that problem other festivals such as Pukkelpop, another crazy day with Lykke Li, Jamie Woon, Sam Sparro, Two door cinema club and many many more! But first: Tomorrowland! s.Oliver also sent me this cute top with cut off shoulders which I really like and I think I might wear it to dance around crazy on the beats of the mysterious festival!

South Africa diaries: Waterfront and helicopters

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south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans

south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans

south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans

south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans

south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans

south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans

south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans

south africa, v&a waterfront, harbor, cape town, winter, helicopter tour, world cup stadium, victoria & alfred, boat, robben island, shark cage diving, simon's town, clifton, camps bay, indian ocean, cape of good hope, atlantic ocean, two oceans, wheel of excellence

Going to South Africa was never on my to do list but about a year ago, my boyfriend won this amazing trip to swim with sharks during a 5 day trip in Cape Town. Of course, we wouldn’t go to South Africa just for one thing, so we decided to extend our trip and do a safari trip and 2,5 days of boredom (that wasn’t the plan intentionally but oh well). So a year later, on July 1st, we took the plane and off we were.

I didn’t know what to expect from this country. I had been to a far away destination before – the Philippines back in 2010 – but that was totally different. Twelve hours of flying later, we arrived in Cape Town Airport. After a quick nap in the lovely hotel, we wanted some lunch so we just walked in the city. The weird thing for me was that Cape Town doesn’t have its own ‘Grand Place’ (Brussels) or Placa Catalunya (Barcelona), so we didn’t really know where to go. We did hear that the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront was quite popular and a must see, so we went there. It’s kind of a mall and meeting point with a view of Table Mountain and the harbor, quite nice in other words! We were a bit overwhelmed by all the boat trips they had to offer so we decided to go sky high, with a helicopter!

Mister William, pilot on duty, showed us Cape Town from up above, which was so beautiful but still weird, since we didn’t actually know what was beneath us. Luckily we had the time to explore it for a few more days. Afterwards we had dinner at the Waterfront, with all the beautiful lights of the harbor in the background.

I kept thinking: ‘I’m in Cape Town, South Africa… how cool is that?!’